Diabetes Management & Education (PG Dip)

The IMU Diabetes Management and Education programme provides training at the postgraduate diploma level to healthcare providers who provide diabetes care. This programme is the highest qualification of its kind in South East Asia and modelled against international curriculum. The Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes Management and Education is a taught course with an inclusive, innovative, and flexible curriculum designed to fit into the working adult lifestyle and impart competencies to grow a career for the future diabetes care workplace. The programme caters for a broad range of healthcare professionals including nurses, assistant medical officers, dietitians, pharmacists, physiotherapists, clinical psychologists, podiatrists, and medical practitioners who are interested in improving diabetes care. Teaching and learning is delivered and supervised by highly qualified and experienced local and international specialists from the multidisciplinary areas of diabetes care, and extends beyond the provision of education to include theory, research, and the educator role into professional practice to generate individualised self-management solutions for people with diabetes. Students can choose to complete all 6 modules of the programme, within 1 year as a full-time student or within a maximum period of 3 years as a part-time student.

KEY FACTS

Degree

PG Dip in Diabetes Management and Education

Commencement

March

Total Duration

1 year (full-time), 3 years (part-time)

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Registered Nurse / Assistant Medical Officer / Dietitian / Pharmacist / Physiotherapist / Clinical Psychologist / Podiatrist / Medical Practitioner with a Bachelor’s Degree in related discipline and a minimum CGPA of 2.50*

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Registered (if appropriate) with Nursing / Assistant Medical Officer / Pharmacy / Medical Practitioner Board of Malaysia or country of origin or its equivalent

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Minimum 2 years of working experience in their professions

* If bachelor’s degree in related discipline is a CGPA of less than 2.50, a minimum of 2 years working experience in a related field of diabetes management and education is required.

APPLICATION & REGISTRATION FEES

Malaysian Student (RM)
Application Fees 150
Registration Fee 1,100
Refundable Caution Deposit 2,000
Student Association Fee per Semester– 40
Tuition Fees
Local Track 25,200
Tuition Fee for Inaugural Intake 22,680

 

  • All students for the inaugural intake 2019 of this programme will receive a 10% tuition fee bursary. (Terms & Conditions apply)
  • Application fee is payable upon submission of application.
  • Registration fee and refundable caution deposit is payable upon acceptance of the offer letter issued by the IMU Admissions Office.
  • Students must adhere to the “Policy on Payment of Fees”.
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  • All fees quoted are in Ringgit Malaysia unless stated otherwise.
  • All IMU alumni who are self-funding their postgraduate studies and meet the eligibility criteria will be eligible for a reduction in tuition fees.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How will this postgraduate diploma in diabetes education and management benefit me?

This course will enhance your knowledge and skills in managing people with diabetes. You will obtain an in-depth understanding of diabetes, build your clinical competencies and be able to integrate the theory and research of diabetes management into clinical practice. This programme is currently the highest qualification available in South East Asia.

I am not a nurse, assistant medical officer or doctor. Can I take this programme?

You can take this programme if you possess a Bachelor’s degree and are either a Registered Nurse, Assistant Medical Officer, Dietitian, Pharmacist, Physiotherapist, Clinical Psychologist, Podiatrist or a Medical Practitioner. You will require at least 2 years’ experience working with people with diabetes.

I don’t have work experience that involves patient care and I don’t have a prior Bachelor’s degree. Can I take this programme?

The entry criteria for this programme is to possess a Bachelor’s degree and minimum of two years working experience in any settings in these professions – Nursing, Assistant Medical Officer, Dietetics, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Clinical Psychology, Podiatry or a Medical Practice.

How long does it take to complete this programme?

If you register as a full-time student, you complete the course in 1 year. You may also enrol as a part-time student and complete the course within 3 years. We use a blended learning approach with online self-study, face to face learning and clinical work assignments at your own workplace.

When does the programme begin?

The programme commences in March for both full-time and part-time students. This programme has 6 modules that are offered within 1 year (3 semesters).

Months March to June July to October November to February
Semesters Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Modules
offered
DME 7101 Management of Diabetes and
Complications (5 credits)
DME 7103 Care of Special Groups (4 credits) DME 7105 Research Methodology 1 (4 credits)
DME 7102 Diabetes Self- Management Education in Psychosocial Context (5 Credits) DME 7104 Teaching and Learning in Diabetes Care (6 Credits) DME 7106 Research Methodology 2 (6 Credits)

If you register as a full-time student, you will need complete a total of 6 modules within the period of 1 year. To fulfil this, you will need to complete the 2 modules that are offered in each semester beginning from Semester 1.

If you register as a part-time student, you will need to complete a total 6 modules within 3 years. You have the flexibility of choosing which modules you would like to begin and end with, as long as you complete all 6 modules within three years, beginning from your registration as a student in March. However, you can only take the module(s) in the months that they are offered.

Who are the faculty teaching in this programme?

A multidisciplinary team of faculty teach into this programme. The faculty come from various healthcare professions that are directly involved in the diabetes management including:

  • Endocrinology
  • Family medicine
  • Ophthalmology
  • Sports medicine
  • Obstetrics and gynaecology
  • Paediatrics
  • Nursing and diabetes education
  • Dietetics
  • Podiatry
  • Pharmacy
  • Clinical psychology
  • Dentistry
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine

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What are the teaching methods used in this programme?

This programme has been designed with the working healthcare professional in mind. Our teaching methods are based on ‘andragogy’ – an adult-focused teaching approach. This means that the teaching methods used in this programme allows you to

  • self-direct and evaluate your learning
  • explore a subject matter in the context of your practice to solve problems that you regularly encounter when managing patients
  • use online collaboration tools to challenge yourself with new learning opportunities
  • enhance clinical skill-sets and acquire practical knowledge

The teaching methods used in this programme are:

  • On-campus Activities: Seminar, interactive lecture, workshop, practical, tutorial, Problem Based Learning (PBL), oral presentation
  • Blended Learning: e-Forum, online lecture, e-PBL, guided reading, quiz
  • Work-based clinical assignments
Do I need to attend any teaching sessions/classes at the university?

This programme offers flexibility to complement the working adult lifestyle. We use a blended learning model that incorporates online learning, clinical assignments at the student’s place of work, and you will be required to attend 2 weeks of teaching sessions at the university campus throughout your studies.

Do I need to take any exams? What are the assignments that I will need to do?

Our assessment methods are based on ‘andragogy’ – an adult-focused teaching approach. This means that you will be assessed using methods that are related to your learning in the context of practice.
Your assessment is 100% in-course. In-Course Assessments may be divided into various categories such as workshop, practical, forum, oral presentation, Problem Based Learning (PBL), quiz, written assignment, case study report, reflective log, mini video, and any other assessment modalities identified in the individual Module Guides.

Is there a compulsory practicum?

As part of the programme requirements, you will need 2 weeks of exposure with patients who have diabetes. This exposure involves the assessment of patient self-care learning needs, implementation of diabetes education session, and evaluation of the effectiveness of these sessions. If your current workplace meets this requirement, you can do this at your current workplace.

Is this programme recognized?

This programme has obtained provisional accreditation by Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) of the Ministry of Education, Malaysia. The curriculum is modelled after the international diabetes education curriculum guidelines to ensure graduates are able to provide personalised education, support and solutions for people with diabetes and their caregivers. The graduates of this programme will also be able to help the community they engage with through the coordination and
advocacy of diabetes care. This programme also equips its graduates with the ability to independently seek new knowledge and skills to continuously improve diabetes care delivery.

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You will need to prepare the following documents for your application:

  1. Verified copies of your academic qualifications
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  3. A copy of your MyKad or the identification page of your passport

These supporting documents needs to be attached electronically to your application. Please note that all of our programmes require payment of a non-refundable application fee after the application has been submitted. Application will only be processed once the payment for application fee has been made. We wish you all the best with your application, and hope we will be welcoming you into one of our programmes soon!

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Why Study Diabetes Management and Education at IMU?

The Highest Qualification for Diabetes Management and Education in South East Asia

The Highest Qualification for Diabetes Management and Education in South East Asia

Flexible Blended Learning Model

Flexible Blended Learning Model

Inclusive Curriculum for Multidisciplinary Learning

Inclusive Curriculum for Multidisciplinary Learning

Innovative Curriculum for Career Advancement

Innovative Curriculum for Career Advancement

Taught by Renowned Faculty in Diabetes

Taught by Renowned Faculty in Diabetes

DR LEE CHING LI

“The mission of the IMU Diabetes Management and Education programme is to produce competent diabetes educators with a level of expertise to positively impact the health of people with diabetes while progressing in their career and professional lives. In fulfi lling this mission, the IMU Diabetes Management and Education Programme has been designed to develop graduates who are able to provide personalised education, support and solutions for people with diabetes and their caregivers. The graduates of this programme will also be able to help the community they engage with through the coordination and advocacy of diabetes care. Th is programme also equips its graduates with the ability to independently seek new knowledge and skills to continuously improve diabetes care delivery.”

DR LEE CHING LI
BSc (Hons) Dietetics (Malaysia), MSc Community Nutrition (Malaysia), PhD Medical and Health Sciences (Malaysia)

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